eye-rolling

noun

eye-roll·​ing ˈī-ˌrō-liŋ How to pronounce eye-rolling (audio)
variants or less commonly eye rolling
: the action or gesture of turning the eyes upward as an expression of annoyance, exasperation, disbelief, etc. : the rolling of the eyes
Other news anchors read the news. Wilson instructed you. He gave you the impression he had some things to tell you, and you'd be wise to sit up, pipe down and pay attention. And, if it was one of those stories that piqued his ever-vigilant sense of outrage, there was likely to be eye-rolling, deep sighs, and even some head-shaking at the ridiculousness of it all. C. W. Nevius
We are out for lunch, waiting patiently for our food. We are probably discussing something important … Either way, when the food hits the table, I will shush you, I will move my plate to the part of the restaurant with the most natural light, and I will take a picture. No amount of eye rolling will make me feel remorse. You think I am a monster. You are wrong. Josh Scherer

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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eye-rolling was in 1837

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Cite this Entry

“Eye-rolling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eye-rolling. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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